Submissions are now closed for this year's scriptworks, but will reopen again on July 15, 2018.    



There are 20 million people living within 200 miles of downtown Knoxville... as the crow flies.

That's fully 6% of the the entire population of the United States living within a four hour drive of the Scruffy City. The Crow Flies Scriptworks, is an incubator for new plays by artists living, working, or going to school within that 200 mile radius.

The purpose of the project is to foster creative output from our region's playwrights by building lasting and fruitful symbiotic relationships that support and promote these authors' most exciting creations; not just for a single script, but over the course of many seasons and productions, by providing them with a regional home where they can experiment and develop new work. 

Playwrights living, working, or attending school within this area are welcome to submit.

What We're Looking For...

Before all else, we are looking for excellent storytelling, engrossing situations, three-dimensional characters making important choices, vibrant dialogue, and unique authorial perspectives. 

All manuscripts meeting the submission guidelines will be considered. (A link to the official submission guidelines can be found at the bottom of this page.) We are receptive to plays of all styles, dealing with any subject, but as artists looking at the 2018 - 2019 season here are a few of the different things we are interested in exploring right now... 

  • Stories situated geographically or culturally around East Tennessee, Northern Georgia, Southern Appalachia, and Eastern Kentucky. 

  • Stories prominently featuring women in principal roles.

  • Plays utilizing interesting means of scene (puppetry, trans-medial design elements, unconventional staging, etc)

  • Folk tales, fables, and their modern descendants.

  • Justice

  • History v Memory    

We will select up to 3 plays for development in the 2018-2019 season. All selected manuscripts will receive a week of workshop rehearsals which the playwright is encouraged to attend, followed by a staged reading of the play. One of these plays will be selected for a full production in our 2018-2019 season. The authors of all plays selected for development will receive a $300 stipend for travel expenses. The author of the fully staged production will receive an additional $500.

Interested playwrights should review our submission guidelines for more information.